Victoria Barnett* writes (pg32),
“The article on religion in the 1920 Nazi party platform reads:
We demand the freedom of all religious confessions in the
state, insofar as they do not jeopardize its existence or
conflict with the manners and moral sentiments of the
The party as such upholds the point of view of a positive
Christianity without tying itself confessionally to any one
confession. It combats the Jewish-materialistic spirit at
home and abroad and is convinced that a permanent recovery
of our people can only be achieved from within on the basis of
common good before individual good.”
“Church members whose initial attitude toward National Socialism was favorable read this as a guarantee of religious freedom.” (pg32)
Ms Barnett continues, “In the early months of 1933, the Nazi party encouraged Germans to ‘rejoin’ the churches. In 1932, 215,908 left the church and only 49,700 joined it. In 1933, 323,618 joined the church and only 58,849 left it.”
There is one sad truth about the church over the ages—we have a real tendency to abandon the Word of God creating blindness and darkness in the culture! Hitler came to power in a nation that claimed to be 95% Christian! Literally, for decades, I wondered how this could happen! It was only after God began to instruct me to study Nazi Germany that I began to understand that Nazis assumed power ‘because’ of the condition of the church, i.e. God’s people! The Bible declares,
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people…”
And, “Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth… -Psalms 140:11
We are instructed to go into all the world, taking the gospel, teaching ‘ALL’ things that Jesus commanded (Matt28:18-20). Whenever deception falls upon humanity it is because the church has not been doing the Commission! The end of abandoning the Great Commission, i.e. the Word of God, is catastrophe! Sadly, the church has restricted the Matthew 28:18-20 commission to getting the lost saved. Yet, while conversion of the lost is included in the Great Commission, Jesus plainly says, “Teaching them to observe ‘all’ things whatsoever I have commanded you.” This means teaching and training the whole of God’s word—in every area of life on earth! This includes—government, media, entertainment, and academia! Today, these four areas are nearly completely godless, i.e. liberal!!
Why did God have to flood the world, destroying all life in Noah’s day? The people left the Word of God! Genesis 6:5 records:
“…every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
How did Hitler arise in a ‘Christian’ nation? Because the church left the Word of God! Tragically, the same scenario that happened in Germany is now repeating itself in America! While I do not believe the anti-Christ will ‘necessarily’** be an American President, I absolutely believe America will be responsible for the antichrist taking power! It is Biblically clear the Beast will be a Muslim! But like Germany, it will be the Godless philosophy of liberalism that will permit him to assume power!! Just like the church turned liberal in Germany, and did not recognize Hitler’s evil, even though it was recorded in Mein Kampf, eight long years before church people voted him into power, so will the American church not recognize the Beast! How do I know? We are taught to be a salt and a light (Matt5:13,14) of the culture. In spite of 70% of Americans claiming Christianity, there are yet millions of American Christians who are clueless about what constitutes evil! For example, most recently:
1.The Supreme court legalizing gay marriage. Many Christians openly supporting the court’s decision.
2.Planned Parenthood caught on video selling baby parts, and many Christians still support them!!
What is really interesting is that the leading government mass murders of all-time in order are: 1.Mao, 2.Stalin, 3.Hitler…all three of which were atheists; and Communists or Socialists! In our upcoming Presidential election, Bernie Sanders is an admitted atheist, and a Socialist, and a leading candidate for President, yet he is followed by many Christians!!
The good news is the marvelous goodness and power of our God is available to us in spite of our sinfulness:
1.The remainder of Isaiah 60:2: For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: ‘but’ the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
2. …But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound… -Rom5:20
*These series of tidbits uses “For the Soul of The People” by Victoria Barnett
** Yet it is clearly possible.
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